Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ombudsman's oath

Some Countries make their Ombudsmen and deputies swear an oath before taking up office.

"I swear that I will perform my duties in accordance with the Constitution and the laws, I will protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, I will perform these duties thoroughly and impartially, and in doing so I will adhere to the principles of equity and good administration."

Maybe it's about time Local Government Ombudsmen had to swear a similar oath because it appears to many observers that all our Ombudsmen do is help public authorities bury acts of maladministration and human rights infringements.

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